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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2003 12:00 am

Willie McGeever died April 7 at his home in Morgan Hill.

Willie was 19 years old and lived much too short a life to those who knew and loved him.

Willie was the beloved son of Bill and Evelyn and brother to his much loved sister, Amy. His grandparents, Bob and Mona McGeever and Ruth Carpenter and many aunts, uncles and cousins all share in their love for him. To the many friends, teachers, parents, neighbors and co-workers who knew him, he was just Willie, no last name needed.

From the day he was born, he was always just a little different. As a youngster, he had to have his head covered and if there wasn't a hat available then a Tupperware bowl or pot would do just fine. He taught himself to read by age 3 by watching "Sesame Street" and his family only found out when they were grocery shopping and he told them what isle the cereal was in.

At Nordstrom Elementary, he was known as the little professor and when someone messed up it was called "pulling a Willie." He starred in the sixth-grade play, and until the day of the play everyone was biting their nails because he wouldn't stop goofing off, but the night of the play he pulled it off with a flawless performance.

At Britton Middle School, he was elected to the King court. The school called and said the good news is he's on the court, the bad news is he has too many demerits to attend. Each year he was voted "most unique." At Live Oak, he kept the school on its toes for his three years there. Family didn't know until the very last week if he would graduate, but in the end he was there with all his friends, proud to be among them.

Family would like to thank the Morgan Hill School system for always trying to be his champion; they recognized that he was indeed a free spirit. Willie had the wit and insight of the true individual that he was. His unique sense of humor was a delight to all that knew him. He was always in the middle of something; you just never could be sure what that was.

Willie found something special to him his whole life. First it was Legos, baseball cards, acting, making videos and finally his true love, music. He loved his music most of all. He taught himself to play the bass, guitar, cello and the drums. Willie wrote beautiful music. He had true talent in so many areas and everyone whose life he touched recognized it. But in the end Willie was just too sensitive for this world. Every feeling, every experience, each encounter was magnified for him and caused him great pain and confusion. "This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you" Willie.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Suicide Prevention or any Mental Health organization of choice.

Family, friends and anyone whose life he touched are invited to celebrate his life on Saturday at noon at St. Catherine Church, 17500 Peak Ave., Morgan Hill.

Arrangements handled by Johnson Funeral Home, Morgan Hill.

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